What Paperwork Do I Need to Sell My Travel Trailer?by Christopher Raines
Travel trailers are treated like cars and trucks when it comes to proof of ownership. The documents you need when you sell one allow your buyer to obtain title. Before you finalize the deal, contact your state's department or registry of motor vehicles to learn the requirements.
Reporting the Sale
The bill of sale operates as your buyer's proof of purchase. Generally, you identify the make, year, body style and vehicle identification number; your sale price, and the addresses of you and the buyer. Several states provide forms for the bill of sale. For example, in Michigan, it's form TR-207. In many states, you can download the forms from the department of motor vehicles.
Passing the Title
You'll need your certificate of title to assign title, unless your state does not require it. In Connecticut, trailers weighing 3,000 pounds or less are exempt. You and the buyer sign the assignment of title section. A power of attorney signed by the owner is required to sell on her behalf. If the owner has died, you'll need an order appointing you executor or administrator of the estate. In Alabama, an affidavit indicating the owner's death will suffice if probate is not required.
- Michigan Secretary of State: Trailers
- State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles: Requirements for the Registration of a Camp Trailer
- Idaho Transportation Department: Bill of Sale
- Maryland Department of Transportation: Motor Vehicle Administration: Vehicle Title and Registration Information
- Alabama Department of Revenue: Motor Vehicle Division: Title Seminar & ETPAS Training
Christopher Raines enjoys sharing his knowledge of business, financial matters and the law. He earned his business administration and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a lawyer since August 1996, Raines has handled cases involving business, consumer and other areas of the law.